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Poster: wineland Date: Jan 8, 2007 9:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Bob Star

Every once in a while I hit upon something I have never heard before. Remember the first time you heard Phil go into his whacked out Raven Space? It scared the hell out of my son who was 3 at the time, and I have to say it unnerved me a bit to. So this weekend I downloaded 4.15.83 from bt.etree.org. I'm listening to He's Gone and all of a sudden I'm in a space I've never been before. The boys are in a nice little He's Gone groove and out of nowhere Bob starts singing:

Long as we got to be
Long as we are
I just want to be
One of them little stars
One of them little stars
And it would be just fine
All you gotta do is
Hang up there and shine
Hang up there and shine
Hang up there and shine

"Bob Star" is what Deadbase and The Taping Compendium call it. If you haven't heard the show I would urge you to check out He's Gone through Space.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-04-15s2.sbd.dodd.9975.sbeok.shnf

My question to you is: "What other shining stars have you stumbled upon?" What caught you off guard and made you think "what was that?" To me these are the nuggets that keep it fresh and alive.

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Jan 8, 2007 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Star

Deadbase has Bob Star only being performed 3 times--4/15, 4/16, & 6/20/83.

The nugget that got me pausing & wondering "where'd this come from?" was Cocaine Blues (Fillmore West, 8/19/70). Like Bob Star, the boys only performed it 3 times.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 8, 2007 2:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Star

not quite what you're looking for but the band played a train-wreck song called "revolutionary hamstrung blues" once in the spring of 86. Supposedly people were baffled beyond belief when they busted this out. I listend at it's brutal

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jan 8, 2007 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Star

There's actually a version of "Playing In the Band" that has Weir scat-singing (a la Estimated Prophet)as they swing into the big jam, but I'll be damned if I can remember the date off the top of my head. It's not exactly an earth-shaking moment but it'll throw you a bit if you're not looking for it.

I think they only did Bob Star/Little Star or whatever it was 3-4 times. I'd love to know if this was an aborted attempt at a new song or what...

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Poster: dscott Date: Jan 9, 2007 4:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Star

I think the scat-singing version of Playing In the Band was 12/27/81. Weir may have done this on the 12/28/83 version, as well. Not sure, though, as it's been a while since I listened to either show.